Electrical promotion of soft tissue repairs
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A short experiment was conducted to determine if levels of current similar to those used in the electric enhancement of bone repair would also promote soft tissue repair. Two full-thickness skin incisions were made in the lumbar region of each of five rabbits, one on either side of the spine, and a 20 μA current generator was connected to one incision on each animal with a sham generator connected to the incision on the other side. After 7 days, tensile testing of excised skin/incisions indicated that the electrically treated wounds required a mean 53% increase in loading (0.99 to 225%) over the controls before separation occurred at the incision.
KeywordsSoft Tissue Tensile Testing Skin Incision Tissue Repair Current Generator
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